Mapp: Eliminate the backbone of the Latino community

Eva standingThe Bilingual Daycare Center (PBDCC) has endured seven prior Administrations. Pioneered under Director Eva Amirault, for 37 years the Bilingual Daycare has served generations of Plainfield’s children and economically contributed to the community.

Contrary to what you have heard, PBDCC has been primarily financed through grants and donations. The PBDCC has been pivotal in mentoring the Board of Education on implementing effective bilingual programs throughout the school district. The Bilingual Daycare is a landmark that has educated generations of Plainfield families. This daycare has educated children that went on to become attorneys, doctors, police officers & fire officers, etc. Many of those children have returned to PBDCC to acknowledge their accomplishments from what was instilled in them in this institution. PBDCC has educated African American students also, as some families chose to have their children exposed to two languages and the benefits that comes with this exposure.

The PBDCC is the last government-ran daycare of the City. This is because it has endured the test of time and most importantly, because it is meeting an intrinsic need of this community, bilingual education for a bilingual city. PBDCC was founded to be a resource for the City. It has effectively served that objective for years. Now, Mayor Adrian Mapp wants to close it, claiming that the daycare is a burden to the City and that the City would save $160,000 a year. If this is the case, why is the Mayor creating and adding more positions to City Hall instead of saving the taxpayers money? The truth is that the Mayor wants to close the daycare, cut employees’ salaries so he can continue to hire all his cronies paying them salaries $100,000 and above.  If the Mayor wants to save the City money, he should start by looking at his administration and all the positions he has created since he took office. We all know that once PBDCC is transitioned to HOPES, Mapp will appoint various high-paid key administrative positions to take it over. Currently the PBDCC is covering between 5-6 salaries and they are not high paying positions as Mapp wants you to believe. Although the administration is labeling their plan as a ‘transition’. A transition to PBDCC means it will disappear: the location would be moved and it would no longer be in a centralized downtown location where the majority of Hispanic families need it to be, as most do not have transportation.

There are more questions that must be answered by the Mapp administration. Is Mapp moving the daycare so he can continue to bring his upscale developers into Plainfield? He can’t have a Hispanic daycare center in the heart of all his redevelopment, can he? Has Frank Cretella been promised the PBDCC location? Why did no one speak out when the last power plant came up next to PBDCC? Why is the Hispanic community being treated as the dumping ground of Plainfield?

The community should demand and call for an investigation on why the Mapp administration wants to close the Bilingual Daycare. Especially after the City used the Bilingual Daycare to meet Affirmative Action Standards. Finally, where are the Hispanic Leaders of Plainfield and why are some of them allowing the Mayor to close the Bilingual Daycare? Why hasn’t Christian Estevez, Carlos Ponton and Maritza Martinez repudiated Mapp’s attacks against the Latino Community of Plainfield?

Norman E. Ortega, candidate for Plainfield City Council said, “Closing the Bilingual Daycare is a disservice to the community.” He added, “We can’t let this administration close our institutions”.

Brothers and Sisters, whether you are Black, Brown or White, we must come together and stop Mayor Mapp from selling our City to the highest bidders. We have to come together and protect our institutions, protect our local contractors, protect our small businesses before Mayor Mapp gives all we have left to cities like Westfield where his friends live.

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Mapp: Elimine el Corazón de la Comunidad Latina

El Centro de Guardería Bilingüe (PBDCC) ha soportado a siete Administraciones previas. Promovido bajo la directora Eva Amirault, durante 37 años la Guardería Bilingüe ha servido generaciones de niños de Plainfield y económicamente ha contribuido a la comunidad.

Al contrario de lo que han oído, PBDCC ha sido financiada principalmente a través de subsidios y donaciones.  El PBDCC ha sido fundamental en la orientación de la Junta de Educación en la implementación de programas bilingües efectivos en todo el distrito escolar. La Guardería Bilingüe es un punto de referencia que ha educado generaciones de familias de Plainfield.  Esta guardería se ha educado niños que llegó a convertirse en abogados, doctores, el policías y bomberosy y mas. Muchos de aquellos niños han vuelto a PBDCC para reconocer sus logros de lo que fue infundido a ellos en esta institución. PBDCC ha educado también los estudiantes Africano-Americanos, como algunas familias optan por tener a sus hijos expuestos a dos idiomas y los beneficios que viene con esta exposición.

El PBDCC es el último gobierno – dirigidó guardería de la Ciudad. Esto es porque ha soportado la prueba del tiempo y lo más importante,  porque es una necesidad integral de esta comunidad, la educación bilingüe para una ciudad bilingüe. PBDCC fue fundado para ser un recurso para la Ciudad. Ha servido efectivamente ese objetivo desde hace años. Ahora, el Alcalde Adrian Mapp quiere cerrarlo, afirmando que la guardería es una carga de la Ciudad y que la Ciudad salvaría $160,000 por año. ¿Si esto es el caso, por qué el Alcalde está creando y agregando más posiciones al Ayuntamiento en lugar de guardar el dinero de los contribuyentes? La verdad es que el Alcalde quiere cerrar la guardería, cortar los sueldos de los empleados por tanto puede seguir contratando a todos sus amigos para pagarlos sueldos mas de $100,000. Si el Alcalde quiere ahorrar dinero a la Ciudad, él debe comenzar mirando su administración y toda la posición que él ha creado desde que asumió. Sabemos que una vez que PBDCC se transferia a HOPES, Mapp designará varias posiciones administrativas con alto pago para asumirlo. Actualmente el PBDCC cubre entre 5-6 sueldos y no pagan salarios alto, ya que Mapp quiere que usted crea. Aunque la administración ponga etiqueta a su plan como una ‘transición’. .Una transición a PBDCC significa que desaparecerá: la ubicación sería movida y ya no estaría en una ubicación del centro de la cuidad, centralizada donde la mayoría de familias hispanas lo necesitanr, ya que la mayoría no tiene el transporte.

Hay más preguntas que deben ser contestadas por la administración de Mapp. ¿Esta Mapp moviendo la guardería para que puede seguir trayendo a sus reveladores de alta calidad a Plainfield? ¿Sera que no puede tener una guardería hispana en el corazón de toda su reurbanización, verdad? ¿Sera que han prometido a Frank Cretella la ubicación de PBDCC? ¿Por qué nadien habló acerca la última central eléctrica que implantaron junto a PBDCC? ¿Por qué la comunidad hispana está siendo tratada como el basurero de Plainfield?

La comunidad debe exigir y pedir una investigación sobre por qué la administración de Mapp quiere cerrar la guardería bilingüe. Especialmente después de que la ciudad utiliza la guardería bilingüe para cumplir con las reglas de acción afirmativa. ¿Finalmente, dónde están los líderes hispanos de Plainfield, y por qué ellos estan permitiendo que el Alcalde cierre la Guardería Bilingüe  ¿Por qué  Christian Estevez, Carlos Ponton y Maritza Martinez no han rechazado los ataques de Mapp contra la comunidad Latina de Plainfield?

Norman E. Ortega, candidato para el Ayuntamiento de Plainfield dijo: “El cierre de la guardería bilingüe es un perjuicio a la comunidad”. Y añadió: “No podemos dejar que esta administración cierre nuestras instituciones”.

Hermanos y hermanas, si no importa si usted es usted es Negro, Marrón o Blanco, debemos unirnos y evitar que Alcalde Mapp venda nuestra ciudad a los postores mas alto. Tenemos que unirnos y proteger a nuestras instituciones, proteger a nuestros contratistas locales, proteger a nuestros negocios pequeños antes de que el alcalde Mapp se lo de todo a sus amistades y a sus jefes que viven en ciudades ricas como Westfield.

Evaphoneort

 

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5 Comments on Mapp: Eliminate the backbone of the Latino community

  1. Alan Goldstein // June 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm //

    There are other daycare/preschool providers in the city that are successful, have served the community longer, and provide the same bi-lingual service. That’s what happens with progress and satisfying demand.

    You are talking about fewer than 70 children, out of a Latino population of about 20,000. There is no reason for the City government to be in the daycare/preschool business, and the need today is non-existent. Non-profits school considerably more bi-lingual children, less expensively, using the same funding sources as the City’s program.

    HOPES-CAP is experienced in early childhood programs, and I’m certain this was the best way to avoid job-losses. But children and their families will not suffer in any way, and this alone should be what drives the argument. Savings can be channeled elsewhere to address other areas where improvements to the quality of life for all residents, Latino and otherwise, can be made.

    This is not an issue worthy of inflammatory rhetoric. It makes sense in every way.

  2. Walter Ramos // June 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm //

    Esto es lo que pasa cuando se pone a un ignorante como Mapp en la alcaldía. Desafortunadamente los que podemos votar no lo hacemos y nuestras voces no se escuchan. Somos mayoría y no es como ellos dicen. Ya es hora de unirnos y tomar lo que es nuestro…. Abajo Mapp y su disque administración. Esto no es lo único que nos a quitado y pronto saldrán las cosas…..

  3. Rebecca Williams // June 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm //

    Hi, Alma,

    There are some inconsistencies in this blog post regarding the transitioning of the Bilingual Daycare Center to the nonprofit organization (HOPES), which is very experienced, which has a great reputation, and which is ALREADY providing bilingual education services in Plainfield (as are many others, as Mr. Goldstein also noted). I hope to correct them, from my perspective. We may still disagree on whether the transition is the best thing, but I figured I should at least let folks know why I think the transition would be a positive thing and why I support it. I could not be present at last Monday’s meeting, but I could hear (some of) the discussion and concerns, which are what I want to address.

    First, this has been a topic ever since the previous administration–I know, because I remember it from 2011 or 2012 (I came on the council in 2011). I think the CBAC might have recommended it, given the cost to the taxpayers in comparison to other daycare providers. The previous administration had discussed it, but it never came to anything–possibly because of turnover in the cabinet’s top administrative ranks–I don’t know, but it was dropped for the time being. So, it didn’t come out of the blue—the director and staff have known for a long time that the idea of transitioning to a non-profit was in the air.

    Regarding the present, though, the 69 children who are annually served by the Bilingual Daycare Center will continue to be served–they will stay in the same building with the same name, and there will be no interruption of services for them. To frame this as something the administration is doing to target Latino children is very misleading–for what reason would any administration do this? The 69 children will not suffer but will be well served, as are the many thousands of other Latino children currently being served other nonprofit providers as well as by HOPES. The fact that the Bilingual Daycare Center only serves 69 children per year clearly means that literally thousands of other Latino children are being served by the other providers in the city. I have not been hearing (and I have talked to some of my constituents about this over the past few weeks) that the services from all the other daycare centers are inadequate or lacking in any way, and I have not seen any data or evidence from anyone on this blog to that effect, either.

    Again, the fact is that the Bilingual Daycare Center is not closing–the way the program is being administered is changing to a nonprofit–which is how many other bilingual daycare centers in the city operate. HOPES has been around for 50 years, and has had great success. Please note: one of HOPES’s Day Care Centers operates at St. Mary’s Church (and has been doing so for years) and primarily serves the Latino community. It would make sense to talk to the parents of some of those children, as others have, to see how they feel about the quality of bilingual daycare provided to them by HOPES–also, talk to some of the parents at the other day care centers in the city. I attended the graduation/move-up ceremony of one of my goddaughters at St. Mary’s a while back–the children, parents, and staff all seemed quite happy and well-adjusted. Anytime I had to pick her up, everyone was wonderful to her and all the other children. Posting accurate information about what the transitioning of providers from the city to a nonprofit organization means is important to our community—and we owe it to the parents who have their children at some of the other bilingual day care programs in the city.

    If the city council decides to approve the transition, I am confident that the children, our primary concern, will be well-served. I hope that I have clarified my position. Again, we may disagree on this as a matter of policy, but my intention is to vote in the way that I feel will give the city (and especially the children) the most positive result.

    Best,

    Rebecca

    P.S. Keep in mind as well that the administration makes proposals, but the city council has the final say. Each councilor will vote for what she (or he) thinks will work, just as each of us voted for the budget and its amendments.

  4. Walter, si los que pueden votar no lo hacen, entonces por favor decirme quien es el ignorante?

    Este comentario es una propaganda politica a favor de un tal Norman Ortega y los que lo apoyan.

    La mayoria de imigrantes se encuentran en en este pais por falta de oportunidades presentado por los lideres de su pais de origen. Es muy ingrato y ignorante los que tantos requieren derechos de su pais “adoptivo” cuando su pais de nacimiento les ha dado de espalda, la razon por cual se encuentran aqui.

    Todo tiene su fin. Ya ha llegado el momento en cual este servicio debe ser trasladado afuera del mando del gobierno local y dirigido atravez de una organizacion sin animo de lucro (non-profit) que recauda fondos para tal servicio sin directamente afectarles a los residentes que pagan impuestos en esta ciudad.

    Las personas que se hacen victimas nunca salen adelante.

    Vamos seguir adelante!

    ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

    Walter, if the ones who can vote, do not, then please tell me who is the ignorant one? (in response to portrayal of Adrian Mapp as ignorant)

    This commentary is political propaganda in support of Norman Ortega and his supporters.

    The majority of immigrants find themselves in this country due to lack of opportunities presented by leaders of their country of origin. It is very ungrateful and ignorant of those who demand rights of their adoptive country, especially when their birth country has turned its back on them, reason being they are here.

    Everything comes to an end. The time has come for this service to be transferred out of local government jurisdiction to a non-for-profit organization that seeks funds for the service without it directly affecting tax paying residents.

    Those who make themselves out to be the victim, never move ahead.

    Let’s move forward!

  5. Dottie Gutenkauf // June 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm //

    Alan is right–the demographics of Plainfield have changed dramatically over the past 37 years, and bilingual education is now being provided for all Plainfield children. The city needs to be fiscally sound, and to the extent that private non-profits can take over some of these social services it benefits us all. The YMCA will be providing living space for young people aging out of foster care–Dudley House (a half-way house for recovering male addicts) is operated by Sunrise House, a non-profit with expertise in this area–and HOPES is already doing what the Bilingual Day Center has been doing all along, but is now serving a much smaller percentage of the Latino population (which has grown considerably). My concern with the Council’s actions had to do with process–the way it was done. I think the community should have been involved earlier, which would have made the whole thing and the coming transition easier.

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